Linda, that was great--but one question---Which one are you? Who's wearing the white sweatshirt, I swear it looks like my twin in profile. What an odd sensation---seeing someone else's pictures and wondering how you got in them--LOL.
Loth, I'm the "woman of substance" wearing the red top.
The ladies that baked for 10 hours that day included my sisters (the coffee ladies), my soon to be sister in law (katmom's twin), & several nieces with one grand niece (the little one) thrown into the mix.
My older brother showed up to sample our cookies - you know, just in case we screwed up.
I designed & made all the aprons we wore that day. The quote on those aprons is "Even the best laid plans become chaos when large families gather together". It seemed to fit.
Yes, it was a special day. Apparently, this will become another ritual in our family as plans are already in place to do this again this coming December.
In the meantime, our annual cook off is this weekend. Dad chose Chinese as the cuisine. I may post pictures of this, as well. It's always a fun day, with lots of laughter - the winner takes home the traveling trophy. A rolling pin! It's a hard fought prize that my father insists we display with pride (& a spotlight) during our reigning year.
kt will be coming to this event - she's psyched! Keeps talking about our "secret recipe".
I was happy to have shared some of our family rituals & happy times with you.
In this day & age, it seems there is too much conflict & not enough fun.